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Old May 30th 20, 04:21 PM posted to
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Default "Firm Seeks Class Action Suit Over WD’s SMR Hard Drives"

Lynn McGuire wrote:

"Firm Seeks Class Action Suit Over WDs SMR Hard Drives"

"Hattis & Lukacs, a class-action firm, has begun soliciting plaintiffs
for a potential class-action lawsuit against hard drive maker Western
Digital (WD) for not disclosing that several of its hard drives use
slower, SMR technology."

"We recently reported that Western Digital (WD) was shipping hard drives
with SMR technology, a technology that boosts capacity but results in
slower hard drives, without listing that fact in marketing materials and
product specifications. Further scrutiny found that Toshiba and Seagate
also engage in the practice, which obviously leaves the door open for
litigation against those companies, too."

"Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) involves overlapping recording tracks
on a hard drive to boost capacity and reduce manufacturing costs, but it
results in reduced performance in several types of workloads. For
instance, ServeTheHome posted an article yesterday that outlined the
performance compared to standard Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR)
drives, finding much slower speeds in several tasks."

I had no idea.


And when have you EVER got a hard drive that met its specifications in
the first place? Like its rated read and write speeds? Marketing pukes
out the "in theory under ideal (experimental) conditions" specs for
their products, but you'll never achieve those specs in a real-world
application. They don't even differentiate between momentary boost
operation versus sustained operation.